Discover our program

Our volunteer programme aims to provide training in SCUBA diving, coupled with an introduction to scientific diving. You will get hands on with our monk seal monitoring project, as well as other aspects of our research and conservation work. You will be engaged in our environmental awareness initiative, beach and underwater cleaning, all while staying in the beautiful coastal town of Fiskardo.

Field Work

In the first week of the programme you will be introduced to SCUBA diving in the PADI open water course. This is the internationally recognised basic qualification in diving. If you have already attained the open water certification then we can take you on to the PADI advanced open water course. We will also present the local marine species of Kefalonia so that you can learn to identify and study them underwater. Combining these skills, you will take part in an introductory session in scientific diving and fish surveys. This involves the use of scientific equipment such as lines and transects, and learning to record data underwater so that it can be analysed later.

During the fish identification portion, you will be introduced to invasive species including the commun lionfish (Pterois miles) and squaretail rabbitfish (Siganus luridus). We are monitoring the spread of these species as part of our scientific research. In addition, you will get involved with our monitoring programme for the Mediterranean Monk Seal, environmental awareness, beach and underwater cleaning initiatives. Of course, some of the activities will happen depending of weather condition, timming & scheddules, necessity or not at that moment. 

There is more detailed information in the PDF document below (Differents offered programs, project’s description, prices, calendar…).

Requirements
  • 18 years old minimum.
  • Minimum stay of 14 days.
  • Health certification for diving. 
  • Speak english.
  • Know how to swim.
  • Comfortable with communal living.

What’s included 

 

The program cost includes accomodation, transport from Argostoli airport or Sami Ferry on your start and end dates; our organisation t-shirt; a KosaMare volunteer book including informations about Kefalonian marine life and a introduction to scientific diving skills.

The program cost also includes the Open Water or Advanced Open Water Scuba diving certification as well as the pedagogical material and the diving equipment from Fiskardo Divers for the duration of the program. The scuba diving courses will take place at the beginning of the volunteer program including practise and theory. However, if wanted, KosaMare can provide to the volunteer the online access to the scuba diving courses theory to be done before the beginning of the program (For volunteers who want to do the Open Water course with us, we strongly recommend that you do the theory online before coming). 

The cost does not include travel costs, food or personal expenses.

You will have to pay 20% of the price to confirm your inscription. The rest will be paid 1 month before the week you subscribe for.